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Losing luggage and finding hope: my first trip to Sierra Leone & Uganda

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Stepping off the plane at 4 AM in Lungi, Sierra Leone, two things hit me immediately. First was the heat – the air is so heavy that it feels like you’re breathing through a warm, wet towel. The second thing was the emptiness – while Freetown is surrounded by large mountains, Lungi is very flat and I could see far, far into the distance without the glow of electricity to obscure the view. Travelling to Sierra Leone and Uganda for a Monitoring and Evaluation trip, I knew I was going to be busy – really busy. Our Programs Manager, Anita,…

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6 ways you can help One Girl educate more girls in 2017

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It’s only February, but there’s a LOT happening at One Girl HQ. This year we’re growing and hoping to provide access to education for more girls than ever before. But here’s the thing – we can’t do it alone. We need YOU if we’re going to get there. Here are 6 ways that you can help us this year. 1. Buy your gifts at the One Girl shop! Is there anything better than a one stop shop for gifts for family, friends and…let’s be real…ourselves? We’ve been filling the One Girl Shop with all new goodies for 2017 including tote…

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“It was a dream come true!” – why the first day of school can mean everything to a girl

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For so many children and parents in Australia, the next couple of weeks are full of excitement, anticipation, and preparations. It’s back to school time. For lots of kids it will be their very first day at school – a huge milestone. It’s the beginning of a journey that will take them over a decade. For any kid starting school – their life is about to change forever. Now their days will be spent in a classroom. Surrounded by their peers. Being taught how to read, how to write, and how to add and subtract. But they’ll be taught more…

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How scrolling through Facebook led me to a decision that changed my life

By | Blog, How to get a job in International Development, Our amazing team | One Comment

It was late on a Monday night and, like all good law students, I was scrolling through Facebook instead of studying. A friend had tagged me in a video, and I clicked through to watch. I had no idea my life was about to change completely. It’s a video you might have seen it yourself actually… The video finished and I took a breath. Swivelling around on my chair I gestured at the screen to my partner: “that’s my job.” He laughed. “You’re not looking for a job.” “No,” I told him. “You don’t understand. THAT’S my job.” It’s true…

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What it means to be a girl

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Today is International Day of the Girl, and what better day than today to reflect on what it means to be a girl. It’s the perfect day to think about gender, equality, and opportunity – and how it all fits into what what we do at One Girl. Growing up as the youngest and only girl in my family, with two older brothers, I was never made to feel inadequate or incapable of doing and becoming whatever I desired. In fact, when I was little all I wanted to do was EVERYTHING my brothers did. Gender did not define who…

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It’s back to school for these girls!

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Something very special happened in Sierra Leone last week. For 300 girls, it was a moment they’d been looking forward to for months, and for some, maybe even years… they started a new school year! Sierra Leone runs on a September – June academic year, so for the past two months our in-country Programs Coordinator, Emmanuel (who you met in our previous blog) and his team have been flat out. If you’ve ever had to get 1-2 kids back to school you’ll know how much running around that can take. So imagine getting 300 girls ready! And this year things were…

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